Andres Sawicki

Professor of Law

Business of Innovation, Law, and Technology Concentration (BILT) Affiliated Faculty
J.D. 2006, University of Chicago Law School
S.B in Brain & Cognitive Sciences and Science, Technology, & Society, MIT

Phone: (305)284-8447
Office: G474

Professor Sawicki researches and teaches in the area of intellectual property. His primary research projects explore the extent to which IP can help solve problems in the production of inventions and expressive works. He is particularly interested in the complex psychology of creativity, and in the difficulty of coordinating multiple creative collaborators.  Professor Sawicki’s research also examines the interaction among distinct patent doctrines. His work has been published by leading journals, including Cornell Law Review, William & Mary Law Review, and The University of Chicago Law Review, among others.

Professor Sawicki graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with S.B. degrees in Brain & Cognitive Sciences and Science, Technology, & Society. He then earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 2006, where he was an Articles Editor for the Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif.

After graduation, he clerked for the Honorable Robert D. Sack of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. From 2007 through 2010, he worked as an associate in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice focused on intellectual property litigation, especially Hatch-Waxman Act pharmaceutical patent cases. Prior to his appointment at Miami Law, Professor Sawicki was a Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School.



Patent Law: An Open-Access Casebook (2021).


A View of Copyright from the Digital Ground , Beware the Slender Man: Intellectual Property and Internet Folklore (2019).

The Central Claiming Renaissance, 103 Cornell L. Rev. 645 (2018).

A View of Copyright From The Digital Ground, 70 Fla. L. Rev. Forum 102 (2018).

The Problem of Creative Collaboration, with Anthony Casey, 58 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1793 (2017).

Risky IP, 48 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 81 (2016).

Buying Teams, 38 Seattle U. L. Rev. 651 (2015).

Copyright in Teams, with Anthony Casey, 80 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1683 (2013).

Better Mistakes in Patent Law, 39 FSU L. Rev. 735 (2012).

Are Judges Political? An Empirical Analysis of The Federal Judiciary, Brookings Institution Press (2006).

Comment, Repeat Infringement in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 73 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1455 (2006).

The Law of Creativity, In Preparation; Not Yet Submitted.

 Media Appearances

Professor Andres Sawicki said the towns made their mark in patent law because of favorable rulings and verdicts for plaintiffs in the Daily Business Review. 2013

The publication of Professor Andres Sawicki's article "Copyright in Teams" was mentioned on Media Law Prof Blog 2013


Law and Informal Rules of Collaborative Creation, NYU Colloquium on Innovation Policy (March 2014)

Risky IP, Works-in-Progress IP Conference (February 2014), FSU IP Scholars Workshop (December 2013)

Copyright False Positives (by Ben Depoorter and Robert Kirk Walker) Commentator, IP Scholars Conference (August 2013)

Teams, Creativity, and the Firm, Midwest Law and Economics Association Annual Meeting, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, MO (October 2012) (with Tony Casey)

Teams, Creativity, and the Firm, IP Scholars Conference, Stanford Law School, Palo Alto, CA (August 2012)

Better Mistakes in Patent Law, IP Scholars Conference, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, IL (August 2011)

Better Mistakes in Patent Law, Faculty Works-in-Progress Series, The University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, IL (August 2011)

Phone: (305)284-8447
Office: G474
Faculty Assistant


Office: G477

Area of Expertise

  • Copyright Law
  • Patent Law